Gov. Scott Walker recently signed into law two bills authored by State Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon.
The first bill, Assembly Bill 11 requires registered sex offenders to register with a school district if they will be on school grounds.
The second bill, Assembly Bill 415, protects counties from bearing the cost of municipality-ordered property demolition.
“The bills are very different, but I believe they will help make Wisconsin a great place to live,” Olsen said.
Assembly Bill 11 recognizes that there may be times when a registered sex offender would legitimately be in a school building and establishes a mechanism for school district notification.
The bill requires sex offenders with children attending a school to notify the school district annually that they are a registered sex offender. The bill also allows registered sex offenders to enter a school to vote or attend an event that is not sponsored by the school district.
“This bill provides greater protections for children while allowing registered sex offenders who are parents to actively participate in their child’s upbringing,” Olsen said.
Assembly Bill 415 clarifies that municipalities are responsible for costs incurred as a result of their decision to raze a blighted property.
Prior to the law’s passage, municipalities were responsible for inspecting properties and maintaining the safety of structures. This bill seeks to address a problem where municipalities decide to demolish a building, but counties are left with part of the costs due to property tax collection mechanisms.
“County treasurers brought this problem to my attention and I am glad the legislature found an appropriate remedy,” Olsen said.